OAA Partnerships: Diversity Search Advisors

Diversity Search Advisors (DSAs) engage early in the Faculty Search Process to foster a diverse and inclusive faculty body, ensuring a fair and equitable process, and applying outreach strategies that result in broad and strong faculty candidate pools. 


The Diversity Search Advisory program is a collaborative initiative of the PSOM Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (OIDE)

Expectations for Faculty as Educators

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Lecturing | Facilitating Small Groups & Seminars | Clinical Teaching | Mentoring | Supervising Scholarship | Overseeing Lab Rotations | Developing Curricula | Service to Education Committees 

Understanding Career Track Advancement

OAA Career track development programs include workshops, online learning, and digital resources to support success in each of the four Perelman School of Medicine full time faculty tracks: Academic Clinician, Clinician Educator, Research, and Tenure.

Career path

Resources for getting started on faculty at PSOM, preparing for reappointment, and creating a strategic plan for promotion.

The PSOM Online Mentoring Center


The Online Mentoring Center provides strategic tools for mentors and mentees to self assess and determine the type of mentoring one needs, to network and find potential mentors/mentees, and to maximize mentor/mentee relationships.

OAA Programs: Department Faculty Coordinators

Department faculty coordinators are an integral part of the academic review process, from search and recruitment and onboarding faculty for teaching to managing the dossier review process at appointment, reappointment, and promotion.


At the Perelman School of Medicine, Our Faculty Coordinators Are on Top of It.


Congratulations to Newly Promoted Faculty


Join us in congratulating our newly promoted faculty: the classes of 2020 & 2021.


2020.2021 Promoted Faculty

Executive Director of OAA

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A critical role at PSOM, the Executive Director of Academic Affairs reports to the Senior Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and works collaboratively with all departmental chairs, center and institute directors, as well as Penn Medicine and University leadership. Among many responsibilities, the Executive Director oversees the development, evaluation, and implementation of faculty governance policies, compiles faculty data and analytics to define trends related to inclusion and diversity, retention, academic advancement and salary equity, and creates guidance for faculty, staff and school-based leaders that enables support for faculty academic progress.

Arberetta is an accomplished higher education administrator, with broad expertise in faculty and academic affairs. She is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and is known as an adept, collaborative leader, focused on inclusive processes and faculty support. Arberetta holds a Masters in Higher Education Administration and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the Wharton School. She is an active member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE).


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OAA Leadership

Lisa Bellini, MD, Senior Vice Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Bellini obtained her medical degree from the University of Alabama. She completed her Internal Medicine residency, a chief residency and pulmonary fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. L Bellini

Dr. Bellini served as the Vice Chair of Education and Inpatient Services for all undergraduate and graduate medical education programs in the Department of Medicine until 2019 where she also served as Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency for 20 years, stepping down in 2016. From 2005-2008, she was the Associate Dean for GME for University of Pennsylvania Health System with operational responsibility for all policies and procedures related to the training of over 1000 residents and fellows in 68 UPHS sponsored training programs. 

She currently serves as the Senior Vice Dean for Academic Affairs for Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine with oversight for policies and procedures of over 3000 faculty, academic partnerships including that with the Philadelphia VA, leadership searches, internal and external chair review processes, and the development of Graduate Medical Education Programs in Vietnam through Penn’s global initiatives.  

Nationally, Dr. Bellini has been an active member of the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) where she served as inaugural Chair of the Board as well as Treasurer and President of the Association for Program Directors in Internal Medicine. She has served on several key committees for the ACGME, AAMC and NAM. 

Her research focuses on medical education, including the health and well-being of residents and faculty, and the effects of fatigue and sleep deprivation on patient outcomes and the learning environment. She recently served as Co-PI for iCOMPARE, the largest randomized trial in GME that looked at patient safety, educational, and sleep and alertness of interns exposed to standard versus more flexible duty hours.